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February 22: Stefan Zweig

In despair over Nazism and the destruction it had wrought upon Europe, world-renowned writer Stefan Zweig used barbituates to commit suicide with his wife Charlotte Elisabeth Altmann on this date in 1942 in Petropolis, Brazil, where they had moved nearly two years earlier. “Every day I learned to love this country more,” he wrote in […]

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Reflections on Rehab

by Harold Ticktin HERE IN CLEVELAND we have the mightily named Montefiore complex, a charitable megalith combining all the various kinds of succor to  aging, mostly (but far from only) Jewish recoverees from falls, bladder infections, muscular failings and, of course, diabetes-related impairment. I write at the tail end of a four-week excursion after an […]

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Growing Up In Israel, Part 10

Homeward Bound by Ilana Masad This is the final installment in Ilana Masad’s memoir. Read other installments in the series here. UNLIKE MANY American teens, I applied to colleges after I graduated from high school, because there are no guidance counselors in the Israeli education system to help students with that task; they’re not needed, […]

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Etgar Keret’s Not-So-Fearless Memoir

by Elaine Margolin Reviewed in this essay: The Seven Good Years: A Memoir, by Etgar Keret. 2015, Riverhead Books, 192 pages. I PREDICTED that Etgar Keret’s new memoir, The Seven Good Years, would be as fearless and creative as his critically acclaimed short-story collections. This Israeli author always struck me as a wild man of […]

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Growing Up in Israel, Part 3

Voting Rights (or Lefts) by Ilana Masad Read other installments in this series here. WHEN I WAS 6, the excitement of going for the first time with my parents to my elementary school to watch them vote was palpable. My mother took me with her behind the flimsy cardboard booth where we put two pieces […]

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Growing Up In Israel, Part 2

Yes to Peace, No to Violence by Ilana Masad Read other installments in this series here. MOVING FROM ONE COUNTRY to another involves a lot of getting ready and a lot of time spent in limbo. Even today, as my mother prepares to leave Israel twenty-two years after she arrived, the process of moving across […]

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Growing Up in Israel, Part 1

We Were Not Zionists by Ilana Masad Read other installments in this series here. THERE ARE MANY REASONS why people move to Israel. For some, it is getting away from oppressive countries or economies and coming to a place where they automatically get citizenship. For others, there is a deep connection to the idea of […]

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Two Cents and a Corned Beef Sandwich

by Harold Ticktin No, this is not about 2¢ plain; that’s New York, this is Cleveland, about Sam and me walking to school together when we were 8 years old in 1935. There was such a year and believe me it was just as grim as you may have heard. We’re talking here about two […]

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April 7: A Woman in Hollywood

Julia Miller Phillips, the first woman producer to win a “Best Picture” Oscar for her 1973 film, The Sting, and author of the bestselling, tell-all memoir, You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, was born in New York on this date in 1947. Phillips was also a producer of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of […]

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